I have heard some disturbing stories regarding fabrication
companies that charged outrageous prices to mass produce items only
to turn around and take the designers idea and sell it for their own
Well, I am sure that this has happened somewhere, sometime, but I
think it is in the same frequency as diamond-switching by retail
jewelers, which is to say, very rarely. Since this kind of behavior
can ruin a reputation, only someone who intends to be fly-by-night
can reasonably plan to do it.
Go to a caster who has been recommended on Orchid or by someone else
you know, and by all means ask them about this issue. If they freak
out and get angry, dump them. If they kindly and calmly explain why
you can have confidence in their integrity, use them. A lot of the
jewelry industry runs on trust. Diamond dealers send stones to
stores on memo. Clients drop off diamonds in a store to be reset.
Makers send designs to galleries on consignment. The list goes on and
on. Verify when possible, but learn to trust, and learn to discern
who to trust.